Searched many tutorials / forums in order to understand the problem but couldn't find one that solved it.

Long story short:

  • Mesh parented to the armature with automatic weight.
  • Weight painting completed after.
  • Vertex groups all set, only for deform bones (as want to integrate to Unity).
  • Works perfectly for the character except for 3 fingers.

The problem occurs with fingers: middle, ring, and pinky starting in the middle of the 1st one, as seen on the 1st image.

Pose mode with hand lowered Vertex selected is DEF-finger_middle.01.L. It has the same under. Weight paint of this vertex group.

I checked if there were any differences between the index finger (as the index works perfectly) and the middle finger but couldn't find any. There is no problem with the parenting / weight / vertex groups and I am out of solutions. I am up to anything (logical, of course :)) that you can suggest.



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There were problems with your rig. I had to create the Rigify rig over from scratch. First, it wasn't clear that your final rig had ever been generated, because I couldn't find any character controls. Yet there were two versions of the rig, both the meta and the regular. So I found it strange that no controls were visible. I checked the layers, and half of them seemed to be missing. No idea how this happened. At this point, I realized that there was no solution but to restart.

Another issue is that your mesh was bound to the metarig. You don't want that. The purpose of the metarig is to act as a temporary stand-in for the fully featured final rig, so that you can shape it in accordance to your character mesh. Then you generate the final rig from the metarig using the "Generate Rig" button under the Object Data tab of the Properties Panel. After that, you should see your new rig appear, with all the needed character controllers. You should see this new final rig, complete with its controllers before ANY binding is undertaken. After the new rig is generated, you need to remove the metarig, because you are now done with it. In my version of your file, I have moved it aside, rather than deleting it. Some consider it a good practice to keep the metarig around in case you need to source it again later for whatever reason. This way, you won't have to reshape it all over again. But you should still probably hide it. I left it visible so you can see that it is still there, but not in use.

Finally, the topology of your model is problematic in places, particularly in the fingers. You may find that this leads to bad deformations. I recommend downloading Makehuman and using the models it generates. They are really good, the program is free, ridiculously easy to use, and it's designed to interface with Blender well. You can always reshape a model it creates to suit your artistic tastes. And it saves SO much work.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the information. Really saved me a lot of time, as you said :). I will attempt to use this Makehuman as well as I don't have much artistic style for humans. Really appreciated R-800. Thanks again! $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2021 at 18:20

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